The Fed sacrificed the foundation of middle class wealth–stable housing values–to boost bank profits.
Middle class wealth was Fed to the sharks. As the current housing bubble deflates, the investor-buyers who fueled the rally are exiting en masse: what’s the value of an asset when the bid vanishes, i.e. there’s nobody left who’s willing to pay today’s prices?
The Fed has failed to restore middle class wealth with its latest housing bubble, and the costs of the bubble’s collapse will fall not on the Fed but on those who believed the recovery was more than Fed manipulation. 

bottom of the barrelIn this MUST LISTEN interview, Jim Willie discusses:

1. The Ukraine turmoil and Russia and China’s coordinated Financial and Commercial Response to the threats of the West led by the US
2. Though most of the Non-Western world is backing Russia, there are 3 countries in particular that will play a key supporting role in this new ‘cold war’, and at least two of these have been strong allies of the US in recent times.
3. Jim gives his insight into what he sees happening to US treasuries and the US dollar, and the Petrodollar in the short and long term.
4. Jim forecasts a ‘Split’ dollar, a domestic dollar, let’s call it the Republic dollar, and dollars held outside the US will become ‘International’ dollars.
5. The pressures that Jim sees placed upon the Domestic dollar and it’s near instantaneous 33% devaluation 
6. The coming BARTER System for settlement of international trade, reducing the US dollar to the dustbin of history.
A full 2 hours of Jim Willie at his finest are below:

house-of-cardsFinancial newsletter writer Dr. Jim Willie thinks 2014 will be a pivotal year for the U.S.  Dr. Willie says, We’re going to end this year with no resemblance to the beginning.  We spent a lot of years trying to hold this thing together. . . . Now all the QE and bond purchases are causing some major problems, breaking major economic structures. . . It’s all breaking, it’s all breaking and they are having a tremendous problem holding it together.  Now the whole Eastern World is rebelling against the dollar.
Dr. Willie predicts gold and silver are about to move in a BIG WAY: “They are going to move it to $5,000 to $7,000 an ounce, and silver $200 to $400 per ounce.  Because all the world’s central banks are going to need gold they are going to sell Treasury bonds to buy gold to make for a solution to their banking systems.  What’s the solution?  It’s legitimate reserves, hard asset gold reserves.
In closing Dr. Willie predicts, I think you are going to see by the end of this year that the dollar is mortally wounded and Treasury bond regarded as toxic paper.”
Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with Dr. Jim Willie, Editor of “The Hat Trick Letter” which can be found on

return of the kingAn important backlash is coming to the perverse USFed monetary policy.   An urgent call for global action has been seen in the G-20 and BRICS nations.
The Iran sanction workarounds are to serve as the prototype for gold trade settlement.
Shanghai will set the oil price in Yuan terms.  China will insist on making oil payments in their own Yuan currency.
Russia will service the oil demands to Europe and Asia
The Saudis will comply with Yuan payments and any other major currency in payment.
OPEC will fade while the NatGasCoop will rise under Gazprom leadership
Europe is caught in the middle, but will eventually turn to Yuan and Ruble payments for oil shipments.
The death of the Petro-Dollar is in progress.  Shock waves will force a new Split Scheiss Dollar.

The birth of the Eurasian Trade Zone is nigh.
The Gold Standard will return, not in bank transfer platforms or currency trading platforms, but in peer-to-peer transactions made in settlement. The world demands a new payment system, an alternative to the deeply flawed USD-centric current system. Even effective viable barter systems are to emerge. It is coming. It will shake the world.

inflationThere are certain facts that are difficult to face in the world. One is that the currency you have spent you life working for isn’t worth what you thought it was. In reality, it may not even be worth the paper that it’s printed on. The United States paper currency has been very slowly devalued for over a century now. This was accelerated into high gear on August 15, 1971 when Nixon took the United States off the gold standard. By removing the gold backing (value) from the United States currency, it opened the door to the unfettered money printing that we have today.
This Is What Stealth Inflation Looks Like.
Stealth inflation is how the authorities hide the devaluation of the dollar in plain sight. Do you think political decisions at the county, state and federal levels would be shown in a different light if your food bill had been VISIBLY raising by 20% to 30% per year for consecutive years?
The images in this article tell the difficult truth for all to see, and the numbers don’t lie.   

gold eagleA man goes into a bank, prior to 1933, and hands over a $100 US Treasury Note, or even a Federal Reserve Note, which also was specie-backed, at the time, and asks for $50 in gold and $50 in silver.  No problem.
Sometime after 1933, a man goes into a bank with a $100 Federal Reserve Note and asks for $50 in gold and $50 in silver.
Banker:  “Sorry, sir.  There is no gold or silver backing for your $100.  Would you like two $50 Federal Reserve Notes, instead?”
What happened?
When the Federal Reserve Act was passed, two days before Christmas in 1913, when most politicians were home on holiday, the Act was passed with no opposition by the remaining chosen politicians who stayed on, and were well paid to do so by the Rothschild-backed bankers.  And so the most treasonous act against the Constitution was passed.
Here is how the rest of the plan was carried out:

panic crashFinancial expert and best-selling author, James Rickards, thinks the international monetary system is headed for a collapse.”  .  Fast forward to today.  When the next collapse comes, it is going to be bigger than the last one.  It’s going to be exponentially bigger.  The five biggest banks were too big to fail in 2008, today they are bigger.  They own a larger percentage of the total banking assets. . . . When you double or triple the scale of the system, you don’t double or triple the risk.  You increase the risk by an exponent that could be 10 times or 100 times greater.”
On the Fed engineering another 2008 type bailout, Rickards claims, “The last crisis was barely enough for the Fed to contain.  They have used up all their dry powder.  They can’t take the balance sheet any higher.  They are already insolvent. . . . The game is up.”
Rickards foresees big inflation because the U.S. dollar’s buying power will shrink.  Rickards predicts, “Imagine gas at $20 a gallon and bread at $10.  That’s what we’re talking about.”  So, if big inflation is coming, what about gold?  Rickards says, “When I say the price of gold is going to $7,000 or $9,000 per ounce, which I expect it will, what I am really saying is the dollar is going to collapse 80% or 90% or more.”  It did in the 1970’s.  None of this is unprecedented.  It all happened before.”  

dollarIn the past week, there was an increase to $104.5 billion in Treasury sales from foreign sources, [wonder who could be selling?], when the average weekly weekly sales are $46.6 billion.  Someone is sending a very strong message to the US that undermines the fiat “dollar.”  In the
larger scheme of things, this is a real shot across the bow, and more of this kind of action will be taking place in the future.
There are battles being waged deep behind the scenes, not being made public, but visible based on developing world affairs, if one wants to connect dots without concrete proof.   Ukraine is the latest prime example.  The Western central banks are attacking Russia in desperation to protect failing energy sources and survival of the even faster failing Federal Reserve Note, more commonly accepted by a different name, the “dollar.”

The biggest factor driving gold prices at the moment is the increasing tension between the West and Russia over Ukraine. The EU agreed on a framework yesterday for its first sanctions on Russia since the Cold War.
This is a much stronger response to the Ukraine crisis than many expected and a mark of solidarity with Washington.   Senior American military officials have been making hawkish sounds and warned that they are ready for a military response to Russia.
Russian government officials and businessmen are bracing for sanctions resembling those applied to Iran according to Bloomberg. Should Russian foreign exchange reserves and bank assets be frozen as is being suggested, then Russia would likely respond by wholesale dumping of their dollar reserves and bonds.
In retaliation, Russia could opt to only accept gold bullion for payment for their gas, oil and other commodity exports. This would likely lead to a sharp fall in the dollar and a surge in gold prices.
Currency wars could soon take the turn for the worst that many of us have warned of for some years.

dollar hyperinflationIn this excellent interview with Jim Goddard, David Smith, senior analyst for The Morgan Report discusses the economic collapse of Argentina, and warns investors that what they are witnessing in the South American country is coming to the US.
Smith has recently spent several weeks in Argentia and witnessed the ravages of currency devaluation firsthand as Argentina devalued the Peso once again against the dollar.
Smith states that the inflation induced hoarding is intensifying in Argentina, and that while the US dollar has been strengthening recently vs. other fiat currencies, an Argentina-like fiat collapse is coming to the US in the next few years. 
David Smith’s full interview on his first-hand experience of the Argentinian Peso collapse is below:

China-GoldChinese FX reserves expressed in US dollars have a total value of or $3.8 trillion at the end of December.  At least 34 % of these assets are denominated in US dollars in the form of US treasuries ($1.3 trillion). Only 1 % is held in physical gold according to the PBOC; 33.89 million ounces (1054 tons), worth $41.5 billion in December.
China is in the top ten in terms of gold holdings, but only holds a fraction of gold relative to its total FX reserves.
The bulk of China’s FX reserves are extremely vulnerable for a devaluation of the US dollar. At the same time a devaluation of the US dollar is imminent, as Yu Yongding, a prominent Chinese economist and former member of the monetary policy committee of the People’s Bank of China, has expressed in numerous presentations. This is why China has a strong incentive to hedge against the USD by increasing their official gold holdings.
The big problem for China has been buying large quantities of physical gold without increasing the price. For this reason China’s strategy has always been to be as secretive as possible about its gold purchases. They don’t disclose their gold import numbers, nor any interim changes in official gold holdings. They hide their dire hunger for the yellow metal to simply bargain a better price. But sometimes their craving to buy gold (without affecting the market) slips through the media: 

binford xlBy December, the most recent month for which statistics are available, the US dollar Fiat Money Quantity (FMQ) had grown to $12.48 trillion.
This is $5.05 trillion more than if it had grown in line with the established average monthly growth rate from 1960 to the month before the Lehman Crisis.

By this measure of currency inflation, since August 2009 inflation is now 68% above trend.

NYC-view02-China-WEBThe office building of JPMorgan with its largest private gold vaults at Chase Manhattan Plaza, opposite to the New York Federal Reserve building, has been recently sold to the Chinese.
This indicates the US and China seem to be working together in advance towards a global currency reset whereby the US, Europe and China will back the SDR’s with their gold reserves so the dollar can be replaced.
We have now arrived at the point where it is not the banks, but the countries themselves that are getting in serious financial trouble.
The idea that we can ‘grow our way back’ out of debt is naive. The current solution to ‘park’ debts on to the balance sheets of central banks is just an interim solution.
A global debt restructuring will be needed. This will include a new global reserve system to replace the current failing dollar system, probably before 2020.

willieFinancial newsletter writer, Dr. Jim Willie, has a bleak warning for America.  Willie says, I don’t think the United States is going to be killed as the host.  I think it’s going to be bled to death and harvested for its organs, and done so by China.”  Dr. Willie explains, The Chinese will drain this nation and all the Western nations of all their gold.”  Dr. Willie predicts,I have been saying steadily, not until the dollar has problems and the globe starts saying we’re not going to use it anymore, and we’re going to force a devaluation on you . . . that is when the dollar will hit Main Street and the U.S. economy with price inflation.  It’s coming this year. . . .This is the late stage, the very late stage.  Dr. Willie goes on to predict a big German bank will cause a string of bank failures, a domino effect of failed banks.”  Dr. Willie goes on to say, When the big impact comes from the dollar global rejection, and when devaluation does take place, there will be three effects:  a jump in prices . . . food shortages and supply disruptions, the third is violence.  This is the year we have the currency explosion.”  Don’t think Obama Care is going to make things easier.  Dr. Willie thinks, “It will be 100 times the nightmare than you think it might be. . . . Obama Care is a big plan to track people, both their money and their bodies, like a bunch of herded animals.  This is going to manage death of the individual and manage death of the economy.”  Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with The Golden Jackass, Dr. Jim Willie:

silver rallyMaturing and Nascent Trends and New Developments should increase Social and Economic Turmoil and Greatly Increase Volatility in the Markets in 2014. Result: Mega Moves in Key Markets, the Most Salient of which we outline here.
These Mega Moves will create Great Opportunities for Profit for the Nimble and well-informed, and Great Losses for the Purblind or those in Denial of Economic and Financial Realities.
A Currency Devaluation War is quietly underway and it will end very badly for the Economy and the Markets.
A Major Consequence is that as the $US (and other Major Fiat Currencies) Tanks, we expect it will be reflected Mainly in appreciation of the Price of Tangible Assets e.g. Crude Oil (we are already seeing this) and Gold and Silver.

dollarInstead of being drawn into the futility of making forecasts for 2014 I will only offer readers the barest of basics and focus on the corruption of currencies. My conclusion is the overwhelming danger is of currency destruction and that gold is central to their downfall.
If we take a realistic view of price increases, including capital assets, price inflation may even be in double figures. The corruption of price inflation statistics in turn makes a mockery of GDP numbers, which realistically adjusted for price inflation are contracting.
This gloomy conclusion should come as no surprise to thoughtful souls in any era. These conditions are the logical outcome of the corruption of currencies. I have no doubt that if in 1920-23 the Weimar Republic used today’s statistical methodology government economists would be peddling the same conclusions as those of today. The error is to believe that expansion of money quantities is a cure-all for economic ills, and ignore the fact that it is actually a tax on the vast majority of people reducing both their earnings and savings.

Jim Willie goldThe next year will feature many powerful new effects. The Indirect Exchange will become a prominent fixture, its channel filled. It will direct many $billions in USTreasury Bonds from large scale asset acquisitions by Eastern and BRICS players, sent back to New York and London. The payments for the asset purchases will be done in USTBonds, as the Eastern entities dump them as fast as they can before the great devaluation.
At the same time, the Russians & Chinese will be busy conducting indirect audits of the Wall Street and USFed themselves. By becoming the landlord at the JPMorgan gold vaults, the Manhattan metals warehouses, and the Platt energy offices, they can push aside the corrupt gold and oil market interventions.  They can realize a capital gain in the 15,000 tons of gold sitting as reserves at the Peoples Bank of China, more than enough to offset USTBond writedowns. The year 2014 will see important changes in the bond market, gold market, oil market, and currency market.
But the biggest shock waves will come from the currency reset followed by the introduction of the Gold Trade Settlement. The return of the Gold Standard is near, but it will arrive on the trade vehicles, not the FOREX currency or SWIFT bank platforms. It will feature the Gold Trade Note, used as letter of credit.
It will feature the BRICS central bank, where emerging market reserves held in USTBonds and other toxic sovereign bonds will be redeemed for Gold bullion.
The year 2014 will see important changes to global trade, in a major Paradigm Shift.

Dr. Jim Willie, financial writer and Editor of the Hat Trick Letter, says, “I’ve been getting overwhelmed in the last month or two at the plethora, the litany of signals the financial system is imploding.  U.S. dollar is in a sell-off.  Treasury bonds are rapidly losing their integrity . . . and both banking and military sectors losing their global leadership.”   Dr. Willie goes on to says,The U.S. dollar and its trading vehicle, the Treasury bond, are dead . . . we have extraordinary tactics in place to keep the system going because they don’t want all the big U.S. banks to die.”  Dr. Willie goes on to warn,Banks, bonds and currencies are all on the edge of collapse.”  Dr. Willie contends a global currency reset is coming.  What happens to the U.S. dollar and gold?  Dr. Willie predicts, 50% dollar devaluation . . . we’re going to see a doubling of the gold price overnight.”  Dr. Willie contends, The Treasury bond will be phased out and gold will be phased in.”  Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with Jim Willie:

goldThe United States has ushered in hyper monetary inflation with the series of Quantitative Easing programs, as in QE1, QE2, Operation Twist, and QE3. My belief is no longer than hyper inflation is inevitable, since already part of current policy now. Hyper-inflation is already here!
As a result of the hostile monetary war, the USDollar and its USTBond vehicle are facing not simply opposition, but broad-based earnest organized initiatives to avoid them. The goal is to replace them in workarounds. A reset is apparently near. The pressures to install a more fair, more just, and more enduring system is enormous, and will not cease. The demand is to bring back the Gold Standard, the equitable arbiter, the true enforcer.
The demand for Gold is inelastic. As price rises, so does demand. It is called Gold Fever.
Something big is near, as the tremors are being felt in every global corner, and every global market.

In response to the continued Fed mismanagement and growing world currency war, it’s becoming clear according to Jim Rickards, that, “[Countries] want physical custody of gold…[they’re] positioning for the day when there’s a massive loss of confidence in paper moneyYou’re seeing it with massive acquisitions of gold by Russia and China taking place through channels that bypass the London Bullion Market Association…They’re buying mines in Western Australia. They’re having the ore refined right there in Australia at the Perth Mint, and then shipping the gold straight to Shanghai. They’re completely bypassing the London market where they minimize their market impact, which is a smart move. That’s what you would do if you were trying to buy gold and not run up the price. You would do everything in secret and that’s what’s going on.”

While many still question the validity of gold, Jim notes that, When the international monetary system collapses and it comes time to rewrite the rules of the game and create a new system…[it’s] going to be [all about] how much gold you have.

paper goldSince Nixon “temporarily closed the gold window” in 1971 all currencies have been created as debt, not as asset backed real money, like a gold Double Eagle.
The paper money machine seems to be a destructive monster that sucks the economic life blood out of most people, including wage earners, retirees, savers, the unemployed, disabled, and essentially everyone in the bottom 90% as measured by income and total assets.
If something cannot go on forever, it will stop. If Ponzi financing, paper money, budget deficits, and exponentially increasing debt cannot grow forever, they will eventually stop. The collateral damage will not be pleasant.